I have indeed some finished books to write about, but today I’d much rather play! Inspired by Laila from Big Reading Life, here is a book tag that had me poring over my wishlist and will probably inspire you to do the same!

How Do You Keep Track On Your TBR list?

Goodreads exclusively. I’d done writing titles on a notebook, they forever get lost and forgotten. Everything in one place is much more efficient. Now, that’s not to say that I’m very consistent with Goodreads either. I go for long stretches where I think about a particular author, and then I never check his/her particular books on Goodreads, I just check on my library catalogue whatever they have by this author. I also keep blog posts tagged in my RSS Feed aggregator (Feedly), but I refuse to consider it a TBR list. It’s only a compendium of inspiration, where I might or might not take ideas to transfer towards my TBR list.

Is Your TBR Mostly Print or E-Book?

I’m an opportunist in terms of format. As long as I have the title I want, I don’t care. I tried once or twice to check if any of the books on my wishlist was on Amazon Kindle’s special deals, but it was not worth the effort.

How Do You Determine Which Books from Your TBR to Read Next?

Whim of the moment. As I read several books in parallel, I have books for different moods.

Name a Book That Has Been on your TBR the Longest

One Fine Day by Mollie Panter-Downes, whose short stories I enjoyed more than once.

Name A Book You Recently Added to Your TBR list

The Singer’s Gun by Emily St John Mandel, recommended by Laila after I finished The Glass Hotel

Is there a book on your TBR list that’s there strictly because of its beautiful cover?

I am influenced by cover art when I’m in a bookshop or a library, not so much when I read a blog post about it, which is the main source of titles gathered in my Goodreads TBR. The Crow Folk by Mark Stay has a gorgeous cover and called on me from the bookshop WH Smith in Paris, last time I went… end of August. As much as I am a library lover, I often feel overwhelmed in bookshops where the pressure to sell is way stronger.

Is there a book on your TBR that you plan on never actually reading?

I sometimes weed out my TBR list on Goodreads, so I could pretend my list is clean, but I have some lingering doubts that I will read Watership Down now that I have seen the sheer size of the thing. Same for other ambitious, high-brow or non-fiction reads that are out of my comfort zone. But I still keep them, just in case I will find the courage to start. Some books I own a copy of are even more difficult to weed out. There are also some titles I put “on hold”, because I wasn’t in the right mood and I have not decided if I should quit or try again, for example Sunburn by Laura Lippman.

Name an unpublished book on your list that you’re excited for

To nobody’s surprise, the next Michael Connelly: The Dark Hours. But also, the next Emily St. John Mandel, the next Lazy Genius book by Kendra Adachi…

Is there a book on your TBR that basically everyone has read but you?

The Alice Network by Kate Quinn? But to make up for it I’ve read her next novel The Huntress.

Is there a book on your TBR that everyone recommends you read?

I’d say everyone has said that I should read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys, but I’m a little shy. Also, in another genre, Eleanor Oliphant is completely fine.

A book on your TBR you’re very excited to read

I’m very much looking forward to reading The Terrorists by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö because it will be the final book from 10 mysteries I’d started reading haphazardly and then grew totally serious about it!

The Number of Books on Your TBR Shelf

181. Now this is totally underestimated. I could probably add another forty easily.

If you had fun reading my answers, consider yourself tagged! I’m always so curious about other book lovers’ habits!

5 thoughts on “TBR Tag

  1. ooo The Crow folk is a pretty cover! Watership down is a chunkster with small print. I read it long ago as a teen and loved it. I recall it went fast, but that could be because I read it every second I had a chance to 🙂

  2. The Crow Folk is a gorgeous cover!

    Count me as a fan of Eleanor Oliphant.

    I’ve also not read The Alice Network but did read The Huntress (and enjoyed it.)

    I just got my copy of The Dark Hours on hold at the library today! I think it will be my next fiction read.

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